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Flint

[flint] /flɪnt/
noun
1.
Austin, 1812–86, U.S. physician: founder of Bellevue and Buffalo medical colleges.
2.
his son, Austin, 1836–1915, U.S. physiologist and physician.
3.
a city in SE Michigan.
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British Dictionary definitions for a flint

flint

/flɪnt/
noun
1.
an impure opaque microcrystalline greyish-black form of quartz that occurs in chalk. It produces sparks when struck with steel and is used in the manufacture of pottery, flint glass, and road-construction materials. Formula: SiO2
2.
any piece of flint, esp one used as a primitive tool or for striking fire
3.
a small cylindrical piece of an iron alloy, used in cigarette lighters
4.
Also called flint glass, white flint. colourless glass other than plate glass
5.
verb
6.
(transitive) to fit or provide with a flint
Word Origin
Old English; related to Old High German flins, Old Swedish flinta splinter of stone, Latin splendēre to shine

Flint

/flɪnt/
noun
1.
a town in NE Wales, in Flintshire, on the Dee estuary. Pop: 11 936 (2001)
2.
a city in SE Michigan: closure of the car production plants led to a high level of unemployment. Pop: 120 292 (2003 est)
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Word Origin and History for a flint
flint
O.E. flint "flint, rock," common Gmc. (cf. M.Du. vlint, O.H.G. flins, Dan. flint), from PIE *splind- "to split, cleave," from base *(s)plei- "to splice, split" (cf. Gk. plinthos "brick, tile," O.Ir. slind "brick"). Transferred senses were in O.E.
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a flint in Science
flint
  (flĭnt)   
  1. A very hard, gray to black variety of chalcedony that makes sparks when it is struck with steel. It breaks with a conchoidal fracture.

  2. The dark gray to black variety of chert.


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a flint in the Bible

abounds in all the plains and valleys of the wilderness of the forty years' wanderings. In Isa. 50:7 and Ezek. 3:9 the expressions, where the word is used, means that the "Messiah would be firm and resolute amidst all contempt and scorn which he would meet; that he had made up his mind to endure it, and would not shrink from any kind or degree of suffering which would be necessary to accomplish the great work in which he was engaged." (Comp. Ezek. 3:8, 9.) The words "like a flint" are used with reference to the hoofs of horses (Isa. 5:28).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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